The Gallatin Writing Program presents a one-day symposium to champion the vital work of contemporary US journalists and to examine the various pressures journalism faces at this particular historical moment. What does journalism look like in a culture that has come to misunderstand or eschew objectivity? What are the implications of working as a journalist during a presidential administration that routinely refers to the press as an “enemy of the people”? In what ways have social media corporations influenced and even controlled the news cycle? How have the rhythms of the attention economy and the expectation to produce endless “sharable content” informed the work of journalists? How can institutions build better, more inclusive newsrooms? What are the possible responses to the economic and job security pressures faced by journalists and publications alike? To take up these urgent questions, journalists working across a range of subjects, genres, and publications join in a series of panel discussions organized by Gallatin faculty members Sara Murphy and Amanda Petrusich.
Alumni in Journalism
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Featuring Hazel Cills (BA ’16), Brittany Spanos (BA ’14), Ryan Leas (BA '13), and Maria Sherman (BA ’13)
Music and Culture Writing
4:00 to 5:15 pm
Featuring Michael Agger (The New Yorker), Joe Coscarelli (The New York Times), Brittany Spanos (Rolling Stone), and Sam Sodomsky (Pitchfork), moderated by Ben Ratliff
5:30 to 6:45 pm
Featuring Hazel Cills (Jezebel), Lauretta Charlton (The New York Times), Pier Dominguez (BuzzFeed), and Vanessa Grigoriadis (Vanity Fair/The New York Times), moderated by Kate Bolick
7:00 to 8:15 pm
Featuring Nina Berman, David Dent (NYU Journalism), Johnny Dwyer (The Intercept), Sarah Leonard (The Nation/Dissent), moderated by Lauren Walsh
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